In an evening where more issues than a basketball game were brought to the forefront in the Green House Saturday night, both the Seward County Lady Saints, the Seward County Saints, as well as breast cancer awareness and Tony’s Team came away big winners.
About a month ago, the Seward County Lady Saints Basketball Team traveled to Concordia to face the Lady T-Birds of Cloud on a nine game win streak and boasted a perfect 4-0 conference record. Behind a relentless effort on the glass, outrebounding Seward 52-38, Cloud handed the Lady Saints a stunning 87-71 loss. Seward County had revenge on its mind Saturday night at the Green House and that is just what they got as they came out in the first half with 57 points against a Cloud team that averaged giving up just 51 points a game in conference play. Going into the half the Lady Saints led the game 57-30 shocking the visiting T-Birds and the second half didn’t get any better for Coach Erkenbrack’s 21-4 Cloud County team. Seward held Cloud to just 20% shooting in the second half and extended upon their 27 point halftime lead as they outscored the Lady T-Birds 40-21 in the last 20 minutes to walk away at the buzzer with a lopsided 97-51 win. The Seward County defense held Cloud to just 29% shooting on the night and outrebounded the Lady T-Birds 49-40 on the night. Four Lady Saints reached double figures Saturday night including a career high 24 from Amanda Pierson, 15 from Rachel Barnes who collected her 7th double-double on the season with 10 rebounds as well, 11 from Vaneza Junior who recorded her third straight 10+ point performance, and 10 from Raegan Broadie. Karen Brown knocked down all three of her three-point attempts on the night, giving her eight three-pointers in the last three games. The Jayhawk West’s leading assister Megan Lassley dished out six assists for the sixth straight game in the win. The victory sends Seward County to 22-5 overall and 10-3 in Jayhawk West Conference play, good for third place currently. Saturday the Lady Saints and the Seward County community also teamed up with the WBCA PinkZone fundraiser to raise $385.00 for breast cancer research and awareness through donations and their autographed memorabilia silent auction. The Lady Saints will enjoy a week off before returning to action Saturday night against Dodge City in the Green House.
After coming off of their toughest road trip of the season where they played six of eight games away from the Green House, the Seward County Men’s Basketball Team returned home Saturday night to face Cloud County. The two teams tangled earlier in the season, taking the game to double overtime where the T-Birds eventually came out on top 94-92. This game wouldn’t have quite the drama but Saints fans came away happy anyways. To open the game, Robert Sigala would set the tone on his career night, slashing to the bucket and picking up two on the Saints first possession. Tied at 19-19 with just over three minutes left in the first half, Marquez Patterson launched up a buzzer beating three to give the Saints the lead in which they would hold for the rest of the contest. Going into the half Seward led 32-25 even with Cloud shooting 50% from the floor, but the different came with nine Seward County steals on 13 T-Bird turnovers. Seward County stretched the lead to as many as 14 in the second half by way of 27 second half points from Thijin Moses and Patterson who finished the game with 21 points apiece. Cloud was able to cut the lead to three with just under six minutes to play but that is as close as they would get as Seward finished the game strong to come away with a crucial 75-66 win to move to 7-6 in Jayhawk West play. With the win Seward County moves to 20-7 overall along with a 7-6 mark in conference play putting them alone in fourth place. While the Saints win capped off a perfect night for both Seward County Basketball Teams, what made the night even more special were the generous donations made by everyone in attendance to “Tony’s Team”. Tony’s Team was an organization set up for 13 year old Tony Sigala, brother of Saints guard Robert Sigala, who was diagnosed with cancer less than a month ago. Tony tragically lost his fight with the disease just over a week ago but his memory will live on through the Saints family that comes together so closely at times like this. Through donations and a silent auction held at Saturday’s game, Seward County was able to raise over $715.00 to help the Sigala family and Tony’s Team. As fitting as it was, Robert Sigala was named Seward County’s Player of the Game as he put up a career high 12 points on 5 of 6 shooting as well as a career high in assists with 7. The Saints will now rest until next Saturday when they will take on Dodge City at home in the Green House.